Over the past decade the City of Glendora has transformed its Transportation Division from a small Commuter Shuttle and Dial-A-Ride operation, to one that focuses upon all modes of transportation and is willing to pilot innovative approaches to street design. In addition to preparing for the return of rail transit service to the community -- the Metro L line Pomona extension is currently under construction in the City – Glendora has advanced a wide array of transportation planning, design, and infrastructure projects in recent years.
Within the realm of mobility planning the City developed and adopted local First-Last Mile Plan and Active Transportation Plans in 2019. On the design and build side it constructed the first phase of an ambitious Urban Trail and Greenway Network along one of several County flood channels that run through the City, the San Dimas Wash.
Amidst a pandemic the City also proved itself among the most nimble in the region in making space for safer, outdoor business on Glendora Avenue within its historic business district. Over the past 18 months 7 outdoor dining ‘parklets’ popped up within the Glendora Village, as well as two demonstration pedestrian plazas on Meda Street. At first temporary in nature, these installations provided a lifeline to eateries during a very challenging period for small businesses. The expanded outdoor dining also proved so popular with the general public (and participating businesses which subsequently experienced their best year ever in terms of sales) that the City Council invested in upgrading the temporary parklets to safer, more accessible and colorful semi-permanent models made with steel and pine decking.
The City also embarked on a five-month demonstration of first/last project concepts along Glendora Avenue. The demonstration project provided excellent feedback and engagement by reaching over 550 community members as well as a way to learn about real-world design issues. The City is looking to capitalize on this momentum with its ambitious People Movement Project, which is a proposed build-out of nine miles of active transportation infrastructure as well as links to the neighboring communities of Charter Oak and Covina.
ActiveSGV's annual awards party, Noche de las Luminarias, honors people making strides to realize a more sustainable, equitable, and livable San Gabriel Valley. On 10/21/21 we are excited to host the event in a beautiful, outdoor setting at the LA County Arboretum in the City of Arcadia.